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That's why Brewers are known for big bats

10-11-2011 15:43 BJT

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin - The Milwaukee Brewers flexed their power-hitting muscles to claim a 9-6 comeback victory over the visiting St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday in the opener of the National League Championship Series.

The Brewers fought back from a 5-2 deficit with a six-run, fifth-inning outburst against their Central Division rivals keyed by their celebrated sluggers.

Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder provided the knockout blows, with Braun belting a two-run double and Fielder following with a two-run home run off St Louis starter and loser Jaime Garcia that clanged off the wall beyond the bullpen in right-center.

Shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt added another two-run homer for good measure off reliever Octavio Dotel as Milwaukee moved from a three-run deficit into a three-run lead.

"That was a nice inning there," said Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke. "To score like we did there, that's outstanding.

"Brauny, you know, big double there, drive in two. Followed right behind it with the Prince homer."

After Fielder crossed the plate, he and Braun did their elaborate version of some fancy shadow boxing. "That's the one-two punch," explained Braun.

Game Two of the best-of-seven series will be played on Monday in Milwaukee, with Shaun Marcum starting for the Brewers against St. Louis starter Edwin Jackson.

Zack Greinke, a spotless 11-0 during the regular season at Miller Park, gave up six runs in six-plus innings of work in Sunday's game but registered the win for the home-loving Brewers.

Milwaukee, which had the best home-park record in Major League Baseball at 57-34, won at home for the fourth time without a loss so far this postseason.

While the Brewers lapped up the cheers of the raucous crowd, Cardinals manager Tony La Russa was left to ponder what went wrong for 25-year-old left-hander Garcia.



Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: China Daily

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